Vermont awarding $2M to charge electric vehicles

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is looking to award $2 million to help construct fast vehicle charging stations along the state's highway corridors.

The state is requesting proposals for a third round of grant funding to build Direct Current Fast Charging stations at eleven priority locations along Vermont's highway corridors.

As of last October there were more than 3,500 electric vehicles registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles, up 154% since 2016.

The third round of funding will ensure charging stations are available along interstate and other priority highway corridors such as interstates 89 and 91, U.S. Route 4 and Vermont Route 100.

“Electric car owners often charge at home, but increased availability and speed of public charging are critical to advancing transportation electrification in Vermont,” said David Roberts, the Drive Electric Vermont coordinator.

Over the last three years Vermont has invested more than $1.2 million to install 90 Level 2 chargers, which are not as fast as the eight DCFC stations.